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The LAB is a platform for inquiry, an index of shared resources, a tool for provocation. Its purpose is to instigate and propel meaningful research and discourse.
Four Brilliant Ideas

The NYC Strategy Field

Developed by the BKSK LAB, the field is an interactive database reflecting the existing stock of multi-family buildings in our city that have been marketed as “green" and highlighting the specific strategies that designers and developers have used to attract tenants and buyers. Read More
Understanding The Syntax

Comfort + Delight

Comfort is a mercurial friend. Delight, a subjective goal. Yet to fully nurture the human condition, the provision of both is essential. Learn about the challenges, opportunities, and benefits of designing with comfort and delight in mind. Read More
Strategies In Practice

Ground Source Heat

Ground source heat, an approach that harnesses the stable temperatures of the earth, is highly efficient and highly cost-effective relative to other common heating and cooling systems. Read More
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Understanding The Syntax

Ecology + Resources

We believe in architecture's potential to inspire an attitude of conscious consumption, and to extend ecologically restorative benefits beyond the site and into society. Learn about the challenges, opportunities, and benefits of designing with ecology + resources in mind. Read More
Strategies In Practice

Washington Square Park House: A Model for Low Carbon Design

On February 27th, BKSK went before members of the New York City Council to present design solutions that work toward a carbon-balanced future and, specifically, support the achievement of an 80% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Read More
“How can we act as effective collaborators across disciplinary fields? How should we define integrative practices and processes?” The LAB Asks
Four Brilliant Ideas

[Pools]

We come across a lot of brilliant ideas through our design and research, including insights into the social and environmental impacts of swimming pools. Read More
Strategies In Practice

Blue Roof

A blue roof captures and slowly releases rainwater in order to slow the rate of runoff and reduce the potential for related flooding, which can be especially helpful for buildings in urban settings. Read More
Understanding The Syntax

Water + Conservation

Too often, our buildings are dissociated from site hydrology, particularly in urban settings. By demonstrating water’s inherent qualities, a building can encourage the conservation of water and of other natural resources. Learn about the challenges, opportunities, and benefits of designing with water and conservation in mind. Read More
“Architecture has to be greater than just architecture. It has to address social values, as well as technical and aesthetic values.” Samuel Mockbee
In Response

Active Design Guidelines

The publication of the Active Design Guidelines was a critical milestone in New York’s commitment to building a healthy, living city. Here, we reflect on how the guidelines could grow. Read More
About the LAB

The story behind our human-centered research

The LAB at BKSK exists to instigate and propel meaningful research and discourse. We invite you to learn more about our people, our approach, and our ongoing commitment to advancing the building industry. And we encourage you to join our open dialogue. Read More
Four Brilliant Ideas

[Nourishment]

We come across a lot of brilliant ideas through our design and research, including the many ways that the concept of nourishment translates beyond the dinner plate. Read More
Understanding The Syntax

Context + Stewardship

By viewing the environment as a set of interwoven relationships, we can more effectively celebrate place and protect what is vulnerable. Learn about the challenges, opportunities, and benefits of designing with context and stewardship in mind. Read More
Understanding The Syntax

Long Life + Loose Fit

For a building to be and remain relevant, it must welcome the shifts of its occupants and contexts, while also supporting the immediate goals of a project. Learn about the challenges, opportunities, and benefits of designing with long life and loose fit in mind. Read More
Strategies In Practice

Floodproofing

Floodproofing is any combination of structural and non-structural adjustments to a building, which collectively reduce or eliminate damage from flooding, and increase a building's safety and resiliency. Read More
“Humans are nature. We do not live in straight lines.” Living Future unConference
Four Brilliant Ideas

[Drawing]

We come across a lot of brilliant ideas through our design and research, including how drawing enables exploration, both of worlds as they exist and worlds as we might make them. Read More
“Can we design buildings to be future-proof? Can we again make buildings that mature and improve with age?” The LAB Asks
Four Brilliant Ideas

[Libraries]

We come across a lot of brilliant ideas through our design and research, including the histories and latest developments in the rich world of libraries. Read More
Strategies In Practice

Solar Hot Water

Solar hot water systems use solar radiation to heat water year-round for domestic use, a process that results in zero emissions and uses no nonrenewable energy. Read More
Understanding The Syntax

Skin + Climate

The envelope of a building provides shelter against the elements, but it also serves as the interface through which interior and exterior climates communicate. Learn about the challenges, opportunities, and benefits of designing with skin and climate in mind. Read More
Understanding The Syntax

Light + Heat

The correlation between light and heat, and the techniques for balancing them, directly influence our ability to create more comfortable, energy efficient, and contextual spaces. Learn about the challenges, opportunities, and benefits of designing with light and heat in mind. Read More
Four Brilliant Ideas

[Ethnography]

We come across a lot of brilliant ideas through our design and research, including the variety of approaches to ethnography and its application to architecture. Read More
Understanding The Syntax

Health + People

As design studios begin to adopt elements of a chemistry lab, wherein the intricate properties of building materials become more clearly understood, architects can better understand a building's impact on human health. Learn about the challenges, opportunities, and benefits of designing with health and people in mind. Read More
Four Brilliant Ideas

[Empathy]

We come across a lot of brilliant ideas through our design and research, including a growing body of critical thought about compassion and empathy. Read More
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller
In Response

The Features of a Sustainable City

Sustainable Cities Collective started a list of features that "make cities truly sustainable." Here, we offer a few more. Read More
Understanding The Syntax

Measure + Time

The information we measure today, and the methods we use for accumulating a building's stories over time, set the framework for what we manage tomorrow. Learn about the challenges, opportunities, and benefits of designing with measure and time in mind. Read More